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Hi, I'm Michael Ford, owner and creator of this site, Shipping Containers For Sale. I've had over 20 years in the business of international shipping, mostly regarding large container ships. And now my specialty is selling shipping containers themselves. I wanted to create a site that would educate and provide you with the kind of direct and specific information you cannot get anywhere else. I'll post articles and provide images that will help you chart a course through the murky waters of shipping containers and come to port safe and happy. Feel free to ask a question or leave a comment. I'm happy you stopped by.

5 Steps on How to Find Sea Containers for Sale

Sea containers for sale are readily available from your friendly manufacturer or suppliers and on several online sites where shipping containers are sold. Before making your purchase of the sea containers, make sure that the containers are what you need. Buying the wrong shipping containers will cause a lot of problems that is why you need to make sure to buy the right ones. Here are the steps in buying sea containers for sale.

1. Settle on the dimensions of the sea containers you will purchase.
In order to decide on this, you must be aware of some important details of your business like the size of packaged products. Knowing the details of what goods are you storing in the container and how you are going to use the container – whether for storage or shipping or both. Here are the three standard sizes for steel sea containers being used in the US:
a. 45′ x 9′ 6″ x 8′ 6″
b. 48′ x 9′ 6″ x 8′ 6″
c. 53′ x 9′ 6″ x 8′ 6″

Ocean cargo containers have the highest quality steel and the standard sizes are not the same with the steel or aluminum sea containers:
a. 20′ x 8′ 6″ x 8′
b 40′ x 8′ 6″ x 8′

2. Settle on the grade of shipping containers to be use. There are several grades of sea containers for sale depending on what you need and how you are going to use it.
Here are the common grades which are being used:

a. One trip sea containers for sale are those which are Chinese made and are being shipped in the US.
b. Cargo sea containers for sale are not new but were all certified to accommodate shipping of international cargo.
c. Wind and watertight sea containers for sale are those which are built to resist water and wind. These shipping containers did not undergo inspection and certification.

3. After choosing the size and the grade of shipping containers to use, it is now relevant to measure the warehouse or the place where you will store the sea containers. Take note that the needed space for the sea container is not the size of the container but double or even triple the dimensions of the shipping container to facilitate delivery and moving of the unit.

4. The area to install the sea container must be leveled-up. This is because the doors of the sea containers will not properly open if not placed in a higher position than the floor. To do this, you can place wooden panels under the sea container.

5. Inspect the sea containers for sale in order to guarantee that you buy the containers which have the highest quality.

Buying sea containers for sale is easy as long you know what you need and how you are going to use the container.

3 Responses to “5 Steps on How to Find Sea Containers for Sale”

  • Shally Pardo:

    By reading your post, I now have better understanding of the things to look into before trading into shipping containers.

  • rexie j. silos:

    Very clear instructions, very educating facts and very helpful tips. I am so thankful I took time to read this article. This doesn’t only improve my knowledge about containers but also helped me in making decisions related to my business in the future. Committing a mistake in the business world, however small, is a big no-no. This article is one way of preventing them.

  • Jane Ira Inquimboy:

    Is it safe to say that shipping containers made in China are the most cost efficient?

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